KCET (Karnataka Common Entrance Test) is conducted by KEA (Karnataka Examinations Authority) for admission in undergraduate courses in engineering (BE, B.tech), agriculture, pharmacy (B.pharm), B.Sc, etc every year. Karnataka Examinations Authority(KEA) is a Governing Council headed by the Minister of Higher Education, Govt. of Karnataka. The main motto of the examination cell is to establish criteria for selecting student admissions for the different streams ( in 1st year or 1sr semester full-time undergraduate course) based on the basis of their merit performance in the Common entrance test.
EXAM PATTERN (State level)
•Exam mode: pen and paper test
•Medium: English/ Kannada
•Sessions: three (session-1: Mathematics/ Biology, Session-2 : physics, sessions :3)
•Duration: 80 minutes for each session
•Question type: MCQs (multiple questions type questions)
•Number of questions (for all sessions): 180 questions (PCM) or 240 (PCB), (60- mathematics/ Biology, 60- physics, 60- chemistry)
•Marking scheme: 1 mark for every correct answer, there will be no negative marking for the incorrect options chosen.
Candidates should carefully fill their KCET OMR sheets, Try to use a blue or black ball pen only as OMR sheets are scanned. More than 2 lacs students appear in this entrance exam, competition is quite high.
Syllabus (PUC – 1 and 2)
Physics: Wave Optics, Heat, and Thermodynamics, Ray optics, Electrostatics, Electromagnetic Induction, Current Electricity, Physics of Nucleus, Modern physics, Alternating current, wave optics,
Mathematics: Statics, Continuity and Differentiability, Matrices and Determiners, Probability, Permutations and Combination, Integration, Limits, Complex Numbers, Geometry, Trigonometry.
Chemistry: Chemical bonding, Biomolecules, Carboxylic Acids, and Their Derivatives, Alcohols, phenols, ether, s-block elements-blocks elements, Redox Reactions, Atomic Structures.
Biology: Genetics and Evolution, Biology in Human Welfare, Biotechnology and Ecology, Human and Physiology, Cell structure and Function, Diversity in the Living World.
Determining Score and Rank
Around 1 lacs seats are available for the engineering undergraduate course, out of which 54,000 sets are available under government quota. This year there are no cutoff marks criteria announced by the Karnataka Higher Education Minister.
Candidates' performance in all three sections (Physics, Chemistry, Maths/ Biology) is considered for determining the rank and merit performance. Considering the overall score KEA ( Karnataka Examinations Authority) will disclose the KCET merit list and score of the candidates.
The score for B.tech/ B.E (Out of 180)
•Very Good Score: 160+
•Good Score: 120+
•Average Score: 70+
•Low Score: Below 50
Rank for B.tech/B.E
•Very Good Rank: 1 to 5,000
•Good Rank: 5000 to 15,000
•Average Rank: 15,000 to 40,000
•Low Rank: Above 40,000
Rank for B.Sc and Agriculture
•Very Good Rank: 1 to 1,000
•Good Rank: 1,000 to 5,000
•Average Rank : 6,000 to 10,000
•Low Rank: Above 10,000
Application for KCET process
The mode of application is online, applicants have to register themselves on the official site, After registration using their login credentials they can further move with the application procedure.
•Left thumb Impression
•General and OBC: Rs. 500
•SC/ST/ Female: Rs. 250
•Applicants from another state: Rs. 750
(Payment mode is available in both formats online as well as offline.)
KEA allows applicants to register themselves for the choices of colleges and courses on the official site. Along with two rounds; a special round is to be considered for the counselling process. Allotment of seats will be purely based on the performance of candidates in KCET and a merit list will be prepared.
Steps for KCET counselling
•Registration and Document verification
•Counselling Fee Payment
•Choice of filling and locking
•Allotments of seats
•Reporting at the allotted Institutes ( or further want to carry the process to 2nd round of counselling)
Institutes participating in the admission process via KCET: 222 colleges of engineering, 39 of agriculture, 47 of medicines (ISMH- Indian Systems Of Medicine and homoeopathy).
Some Government Engineering Colleges
•Government Engineering College, Huvinahadagali
•Government Engineering College, Chamarajnagar
•Government Engineering College, Hassan
•Government Engineering College, Haveri
•Government Engineering College, Kushalnagar
•Government Engineering College, Raichur
•Government Engineering College, Ramnagar
•Government Engineering College, Karwar
•Government Engineering College, Gangavathi
•Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore (University)
•University BDT College of Engineering, Devangere
•B.M.S College of Engineering, Bangalore
• Basaveswara Engineering College, Bagalkot
•Malnad College of Engineering, Hassan
Some Agriculture Colleges
•University of Agriculture and Sciences, Raichur
•College of Agriculture, Hassan
•College of Agriculture, Dharwad
•College of Agriculture GKVK, Bangalore
•Government Ayurveda Medical College, Bangalore
•Government Ayurveda College, Mysore
•Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Gadag
All the best, for the students applying for undergraduate courses, follow the curriculum properly and practice regularly. Candidates who performed well in the entire subject will get merit marks and good institutes, try to score 120+ marks in KCET to get admissions to a nice college.
By Mithila Rathod